Non-Homestead Millage Renewal Information

18 Mills Non-Homestead Operating Millage RENEWAL & Restoration

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at the General Election, voters in the Tri County Area Schools District will be asked to consider renewing and restoring the 18 mills assessment on non-homestead properties.  There are two very important things to understand about this request.


  • This is a renewal of the current assessment of 17.9244 mills, and restoration the .0756 mill is on Non-Homestead properties. Non-Homestead properties are primarily properties that have not been designated as primary residence. (businesses, rentals, vacation homes, and commercial agricultural properties).
  • This millage provides approximately $2,317,000 annually for TCAS.


Informational webpage paid for by Tri County Area Schools, 94 Cherry Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343


  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Polls will be open from 7;00am to 8:00pm

Voting will take place at the polling locations which have been designates by your local township clerk.  Should you have qny questions regarding your assigned polling location, please contact your local township clerk.

Tri County Area Schools Operating Millage Proposal 

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Tri County Are Schools, Montcalm, Kent, and Newaygo Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 17.9244 mills ($17.9244 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 2 years, 2021 and 2022, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2021 is approximately $2,317,000 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2020 levy and a restoration of millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the "Headlee" amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?

Please contact the Tri County Area Schools Educational Service Center at 616-636-5454 if you have other questions regarding the TCAS Non-Homestead Operating Millage Proposal.

Why is TCAS requesting this millage?

  • All Michigan schools are required to levy 18 mills through an Operating Millage in order to receive the full per pupil foundation.

What does Non-Homestead mean?

  • Non-Homestead properties consist of businesses, rentals, vacation homes, and commercial agricultural properties.  

What is the Headlee Amendment?

  • When property taxable value grows faster than the cost of living index, it triggers a millage reduction.  As a result, TCAS has been reduced from 18 mills to 17.9244 mill in 2020, which means we are not getting the full pupil foundation.

What is TCAS requesting on the ballot?

  • To renew the current 17.244 mills and restore the .0756 mill on non-homestead properties that was reduced by the Headlee Amendment.  The restoration of the .0756 mill equates to $7.56/per year on every $100,000 of taxable value for non-homestead.

What does the vote mean?

  • A YES vote will allow TCAS to levy the full 18 mills on Non-Homestead property.
  • A NO vote will mean a loss of approximately $2,317,000 annually for TCAS.

Meet Our BOE Candidates

Click on the link to see information provided by our Board of Education Candidates by responding to a candidate questionnaire.

Google SlideJill Fennessy - Incumbent
External LinkAdditional Info provided by Michigan Education Justice Coalition

Google SlideJanice Dewey - Incumbent

Google SlideShirley Bradley Dean

Chad Bice - did not respond to our questionnaire

PDF DocumentCandidate Interviews from The Greenville Daily News (10/26/2020)